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Woodstock: Oral History

Woodstock: Oral History

by Joel Makower

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Letting over 100 attendees and others who made it happen just tell it like it was, Makower has compiled a massive literary birthday cake for Woodstock's 20th anniversary. Far wider in scope than Jack Curry's Woodstock: The Summer of Our Lives ( LJ 3/15/89), this oral history offers page after page of commentary from a cross-section of those connected with it. After writing two pages of preface, Makower never again intervenes; and while one can appreciate his aim, the massiveness of the project called for more direction: keeping track of the huge number of personalities is finally burdensome. Ultimately, this well-illustrated compilation may be of greatest use as a reference tome for 1960s scholars. Small libraries can get by with just the Curry book. More comprehensive collections will want Makower's as well because of its research value.-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib . , Boston
Excerpts from interviews conducted in 1988 with producers, performers, security people, medics, technicians, etc., are interwoven to present a chronology of the 1969 rock festival from the initial brainstorm to the final drive home. Interviewees include David Crosby, Abbie Hoffman, Richie Havens, Wavy Gravy, Miriam Yasgur, Paul Kantner, Chip Monck, and many others. Includes many b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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